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Dinner at Restaurant Serenade Honors D’Artagnan

Date: February 23 at 7 p.m.

Restaurant Serenade will present a five-course game dinner with wine pairings. Special guest Ariane Daguin, owner of famed purveyor D’Artagnan will speak about the game meats she’ll provide for the February feast.

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Cost: $125 per person includes wine, tax, and gratuity.

Restaurant Serenade is located at Six Roosevelt Avenue, Chatham. Call: 973.701.0303


Tapas at Spanish Tavern in Mountainside

Starting, February 15th, the Spanish Tavern in Mountainside will be serving tapas at their bar. The Spanish Tavern Mountainside is located at 1239 Route 22 in Mountainside. Call: 908.232.2171


Valentine’s Day Treats in Cranford

    •   Breadsmith - Surprise your sweetheart with a special treat from Breadsmith. 32 North Ave., W. Call: 908.276.2155

    •    Italian Pantry  - Take your honey to the Italian Pantry. Enjoy the regular menu plus Valentine’s Day inspired specials. 13 Eastman Street. Call for reservations: 908.272.7790

*       Call ahead to place your order for Heart shaped pizza on Valentine's Day. Tony's Cafe & Pizzeria, 21 North Union Ave., Cranford: 908.272.2874                                          


Restaurant Plan B in Asbury Park Lists February Events

Restaurant Plan B will be open Monday, February 14th. Guests may choose from the regular menu, plus some interesting specials and a champagne toast.

Special for Mondays: Minimum of 3 entrees, including one All priced at: $10. each.  BYOB-Bring your own Bottle: BYOB- Bring your own bread: BYOD-Bring your own dessert. Cash only, please.

Tuesday to Thursday: Plan B is continuing their Prix Fixe 4 Course Dinner for $25.

Sunday Brunch is served from 10 am to 3 p.m.

As always, the menu includes vegan and gluten free options. Restaurant Plan B is located at 705 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park. Call: 732.807.4710.

Enjoy a Four Course Dinner and Tango Night at Spain 92

Spain 92 in Raritan is hosting a gala evening of dinner and Tango entertainment on February 16.  Enjoy a lovely four course menu which concludes with Alicia’s favorite dessert: Dulce Tres Leches-Three milk cake

Throughout the evening, guests are welcome to sip Sangria, Red, and White Wines and Coffee.

The event includes live entertainment by the acclaimed Carolina Jaurena and her Tango Show (, accompanied by  Bandoneon and Key board (

Cost: $ 45.00 per person. plus tax and gratuities.

As this is a private party, there is limited seating. Reservations are required. Please call Sergio at: 908.872.9591.

Spain 92 is located on 1116 Route 202 in Raritan.


Valentine’s Day Weekend at Copeland Restaurant

Spoil your loved one with an unforgettable culinary experience created by Executive Chef Robert Trainor at the Copeland Restaurant located at the Westin Governor Morris, in Morristown.

Enjoy the 6-course tasting menu. Cost: $89 per person, or the a la carte menu. Seatings throughout the evening from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

A regular menu is also available from Friday, February 11th to Monday, February 14th.

A sumptuous Sunday Brunch Buffet includes one glass of champagne.

Please call 973.451.2619 for reservations. The Westin Governor Morris, 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown.

Food: Capital Grille 

The new Capital Grille at Garden State Plaza (the only other New Jersey location is in Cherry Hill) is a quality franchise restaurant that you should consider placing on your list for special occasions, and a date night splurge. 

Unlike some of the other restaurants in the Orlando-based Darden Restaurants group (Red Lobster, Olive Garden) the Capital Grille is not for the faint of wallet.     

The ambiance is steakhouse/dining club. When you enter, you'll see a series of wine lockers, with the name of each owner prominently displayed.  The interior is lots of mahogany, fancy horse paintings, with a few too many stuffed deer heads displayed on the wall.

The entrees can run you $40+. Appetizers are pricey too. You'll definitely want to order from the extensive wine list, if you haven't stocked up your personal locker.  The menu is traditional-not experimental, but they've definitely nailed down the basics.

Start with a fresh chopped salad, or a plate of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. The steak is tender, flavorful and the portions are ample. The Seared Citrus salmon stands out as a great combination of sweet, perfectly prepared fish.

The coconut cream pie is the recommended dessert.

Service is nice, and the meal is paced correctly and leisurely. You can bring children, although at these prices it might be wiser to leave them with the sitter.

Hi from Millicent: Please keep in touch! If you hear of any great restaurant or food shop opening, or if your favorite chef is doing a major theme dinner, please let me know. You’re also welcome to drop me a note about some favorite place you’d like us to visit! This column belongs to YOU!  Best for the new week.  MKB

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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